Karra let her fit of tears fade away and her breathing slow. She felt so tired. She wanted to just lay back and close her eyes for a while. For a long, long while…
A voice called her name. She knew the voice. She had spoken to him before. He was nice, and helpful, and loyal, and…
She opened her eyes to see his worried face staring down at her. She did her best to smile reassuringly, though she wasn’t sure why.
“Karra, thank goodness,” he said, his eyebrows furrowed and his expression concentrated. “Now please, tell me, what happened??”
Karra coughed slightly. “I… think I’m… dying, Avery.” She laid her head back and closed her eyes again tight. “I don’t want to die again,” she murmured quietly, then reopened her eyes.